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Link: DSM-IV Criteria for Somatoform Disorders, Factitious Disorder, and Malingering

SOMATIZATION DISORDER  A history of many physical complaints beginning before age 30 years that occur over a period of several years and result in treatment being sought or significant impairment of functioning.  Each of the following criteria must have been met, with individual symptoms occurring at any time during the course of the disturbance. o 4 pain symptoms: a history of pain related to at least 4 different sites or functions o 2 gastrointestinal symptoms: a history of at least 2 gastrointestinal symptoms other than pain o 1 sexual symptom: a history of at least 1 sexual or reproductive symptom other than pain o 1 pseudoneurological symptom: a history of at least 1 symptom or deficit suggesting a neurological condition not limited to pain  Either: o After appropriate investigation, each of the symptoms cannot be fully explained by a known general medical condition or the direct effects of a substance OR o When there is a related general medical condition, the physical complaints or resulting social or occupational impairment are in excess of what would be expected from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings  The symptoms are not intentionally produced or feigned.


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